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RATINGS: 1354   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   IBU: 96   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Bottle conditioned.
Caramel and toffee notes abound in this deep copper-colored American Barleywine-style ale alongside toasted malt and a hint of ripe dark fruits. Old Numbskull showcases malt sweetness, intense American hops, and an aggressive bitterness. Extremely well-balanced, the full-bodied mouthfeel and assertive hop profile leads into a deceptively smooth finish. Old Numbskull can be enjoyed now or laid down for years to come.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2005
received bottles of this in trade from kms399 and lou18, thanks guys. beer #8 at the IC gathering. very pleasing aroma of sweet caramel and buttered toast. orangey amber on the pour with some decent lace. palate seemed a little thin but more than made up for it by being buttery smooth. nice BW!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Duane brought a bottle of this to hey_kevin’s iowa city gathering. Barley wines just arent my thing, but here it goes. Reddish/orange color with a quickly disapating white head. Some alcohol, caramel, and spice in the aroma. Flavor is just the same. Nice creamy mouthfeel. I know a well made beer when I have one, but this just isn’t my style of beer.

Re-rate: Duane shared a bottle of this with myself and Nimrod. Thanks!!! Malty caramel and some hop citrus in the aroma. Dried fruit flavors mesh well with some spiciness and piney hops. Very smooth and velvety - easy to drink. Excellent bw!

Old rating: 7/4/8/4/14

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2005
I preferred this over the BA version. The body is dark orange with a thin white head. The aroma was rich caramel with some bread and pears. There was also a nice buttery note. Extremely rich. The taste was peanuts with some light bread crust. There was also faint butter and some black pepper. Nicely done.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2005
Sydney thingo. Possibly another victim of circumstance, but I found this fairly hard going. Awesome fiery red colour. Powerful malt character with some Christmas pudding, quite sticky, and quite a lot of piney hops just like the other Alesmiths I’ve had. It seemed just like Yulesmith only with more malt, and Yulesmith seemed like the IPA with more of everything, which I find a little frustrating for reasons unknown. But the thing that really got me was the alcohol character. I mean I already had a headache but this just tipped me over the edge, unfortunately. I think it would fare a lot better in a more favourable situation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2005
Bottle (RB Sydney XMASG ’05): Light red to cloudy amber. Sweet, fruity and slightly caramel-like aromas with some faint smoke harmonics and tons of peppery alcohol. The alcohol continues strongly in the mouth with an immediate warmth lingering above caramel sweetness, some stonefruit hop notes, and medicinal phenolics and fusels. Despite the beautiful flavours and aromas I found this a little disjointed and, like the Stone IPA, lacking a cohesive personality. Nevertheless, this is an excellent beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Another gputty hookup. Dark orange-brown pour. Nose is malt, teast, brown sugar, and a touch of hops. Nicely balanced with sweetness and bitter, toasted barley, malt, some fruit and a light hopiness. Really a nice barley wine.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Strong. Pours dark amber and smells intesnly of Hop and Barley. Taste is explosive sweet/barley/bitter that fades to wonderful malty aftertaste that has caramel tones to it. A great AleSmith beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Bottle. Pour was chestnut with big red highlights. Good tan head. Good taste of dark fruit. Really well made, hidden alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7234) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a thin light beige head. Malt aroma - lots of sweet malt - with a bit of fruitiness. Lots of raisin and malt in the flavor - some hop bitterness peaking through. Some alcohol present. Rich, silky body.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2005
This is a delightful barleywine, and just a very good beer overall. Obviously good craftsmanship on this one - highly aromatic, fruity and sweet. Sits heavy in your gut for these very cold wintery nights. Not the most attractive-looking, with a murkey body, barely a head. The flavor is bursting with caramel, figs and only the slightest of hops. Nice.


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